Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Mail Bag

A few things have come and gone with the mail these days...

First of all, GO Team Running Ragged! (see our speedy progress on the sidebar) Hurry! :)

I mailed out my Knitters Virtual Vacation package early this week. (I'm still amazed that I found everything that I wanted to send, it all had gotten packed in different places during the move.) I'm excited to find out where I virtually vacationed!


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She came to visit me in Massachusetts... virtually!

1. Massachusetts representation of buttons (from Windsor Button, of course!)
2. Hershey's chocolate (hey, PA is a neighbor, had to do it)
3. Jelly Beans for more sweets
4. Yankee Candles (near and dear to my heart after being in college and grad school next to where they are made in western MA)
5. Yarn choices were not really local. I could have gotten her local wool, but she prefers softer yarns. I read that she loves Rowan, so I thought Berocco Ultra Alpaca and Rowan Kidsilk Spray were good choices.

I hope she enjoys it! I'm going to wait to post who she is to keep the package a surprise!

I received an awesome and unexpected package from my SP11!!! She packaged it in an adorable alligator box, wrapped gifts in yellow and blue (my favorite!). I didn't have the patience to take pictures until after I had opened everything, but trust me, it was cute. I got a cute card, two yummy skeins of Malabrigo (beautiful color, I would have picked out up myself!) Handmade magnets that spell out my name (adorable!) and a cute sheep magnet. Thanks SP11! I look forward to getting to know you, and eventually knowing who my spoiler IS! (sort of random that we're in a similar boat hugh?)


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Just in case you need a little closeup... (I know I do) mmmmmalabrigo :)


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I also did a little shopping last week at my LYS. I needed one more thing for my KVV package, and a few other items just happened to "fall" into the bag...

2 skeins of Ella Rae. The color combos grabbed me. I was starting to think about fall and the yellow/brown/orange caught me. The other is cream/dark brown/light brown.

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1 sk Rowan Kidsilk Spray

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It's more purple than this photo, that's what I get for taking pictures late at night. Surprisingly, I liked the purple (I know, I have this love/hate thing with purple.) I bought one skein for my KVV partner because she likes purple and anything Rowan. Then I thought of buying the other for a gift. That way I can see the pretty color, and know it's not for the keeping. Immediately I thought it was perfect for a friend of mine for a x mas gift. She LOVES purple. I have to get 2 more "complimentary" color yarns to make her the Purl scarf from "Weekend Knitting."

And if you thought I was out of pictures, in this picture-loaded post, here's what I found when I left the room for a minute...


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Meet Dusty Miller. (He answers to Dusto) He's the resident in my "apartment" in my parents basement where I'm living these days. Don't get me wrong, we are dog people here. I had always wanted a cat my whole life and one day my mom decided we'd "try it". He was being left at the vet hospital where my mom was a receptionist, and she couldn't turn down his green eyes and fluffy coat. He had been found in a junkyard in Worcester as a kitten, he was quite skinny (looked to be a runt) and had a cut on his foot. I am guessing he's around 13 years old, but I'm not sure. The only reason I think he has made it with us, is that he think he is a dog. When I come home and call him he comes running. We're working on the tail wagging part, but I have taught him to roll-over on command. (See what I mean? Maybe he's a hybrid...)
I'll be posting pictures of our two collies soon also. One I co-own with my mom, and the other is just my mom's. My dog wasn't happy living without her sister in my old apartment, so she had been living with my parents. Dusty gets along with my dog surprising well. (She knows he's a cat, but he doesn't seem to get it)

Also: FiberWho, I'm sorry to hear you haven't been well! I hope things are improving. My dad just went through having a horrible bronchitis that turned into pneumonia and he then had a lung biopsy. Luckily he's feeling better now, with meds, but I know how it is! Feel better soon!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Sorting out...


Moving
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Sifting through... Packing up....

I seem to be doing a lot of that lately, mentally and physically. For those of you who don't know yet, my boyfriend and I broke up a few weeks ago and we have both moved out of the apartment that we shared (this week.) A lot is going on with my mind: memories, lots of feelings, thoughts of the past (almost) 2 years.

Picking up the pieces...

On the other side of things, a lot is going on with physically with my stuff. I have moved out of the "home" that we made for ourselves, and he has taken the dog. Once I have cleared my head and adjusted to these changes, I feel that this is a new chapter in my life. A new beginning. I just have to find the next door that opens...


Back to School Face Cloths

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As far as knitting content, here is the gift that I (actually Moriah packed it, but you know what I mean) wrapped up and left for my now ex-boyfriend to gift from me to his sister for her "going away to college gift." I have worked on these face cloths on and off throughout the summer and I really want her to have them. It just wouldn't be right if she went off to my alma mater (x2) without receiving them. I made them for her. (Also, she's a huge country music fan and I had picked up a Kenny Chesney Flip Flop Summer Tour key chain for her when I was at the concert and she couldn't get tickets) So, I swallowed hard and picked out a basket and ribbon to "wrap" them in. Moriah can take all of the assembling credit ;) and hopefully they will reach the intended recipient.

P.S. These pic's are with the new camera!

"When one door closes, another opens, but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us."
-- Alexander Graham Bell

Monday, August 20, 2007

Overdue Dish Rag Tag post!


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I received the box Monday evening (8/13) when I came home from work. OF COURSE it was a night that I had to teach a riding lesson and ride my horse, so I ended up starting my dish rag at 9pm. But, I got it done and mailed before work at 8:30am. Deborah sent me two skeins of Peaches 'N Cream, a beautiful dishcloth, treats of jelly beans, yarn needles and a yummy candle. Thanks Deb! From the gifted Peaches 'N Cream (#159 Pink Lilacs) I made my own basketweave cloth by casting on 45 stitches and making 5 st wide blocks alternating over 6 rows to make over a 9" dish rag to be sure I met the requirements for the race. I also made a seed stitch border on either end.


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I added my dish rag, two new skeins of Peaches 'N Cream, some yummy treats and sent the package out to Jennifer.


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(I took soo long to post this, Jennifer has already posted her leg of the race on her blog. GO Team Running Ragged!

While I had a borrowed camera, I took some WIP shots of my Wisp.


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Wisp in my knitting bag with the Ravelry pin that I got at Yarn Harlot when Moriah and I met the creators Jess and Casey . (Yes, I'm still waiting)

Found you!
  • You signed up on June 29, 2007
  • You are #11595 on the list.
  • 2136 people are ahead of you in line.
  • 15248 people are behind you in line.
  • 34% of the list has been invited so far


Wisp WIP
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Skein of Peaches 'N Cream for size comparison. On 9th pattern repeat (of 17)



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Wisp Close-up. Not soo sure that my lace is perfect, but this is my first time trying it and it looks uniform, so I'll be ok with that. I have heard blocking really opens it up, so we'll see.


I've got lots more to post, I'll be posting more soon!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Patience on a Monday?

Here I am patiently waiting for my Dish Rag Tag box... yeah sure... if I had patience on any particular day of the week, I would say Sunday would be a good candidate. Too bad U.S.P.S. doesn't deliver on Sundays...

A fellow scientist and bloggy friend is holding a contest, stop by and enter at Rachel's blog. She has some lovely pic's and art including knitting. She is also an animal lover, so all of my doggie knitter readers should enjoy their stop. Rachel is one of the people in my PIF exchange, along with Moriah, Megan and Nancy. Stop by their blogs and say hey! If anyone is looking to join the Pay It Foward exchange, go on to their page or to whomever that has signed onto theirs to enter!

I'm also patiently waiting for a digital camera to come in the mail (Sony DSC-W80 in Pink)... Yep, more retail therapy. Something I've needed for a long time coming. I've always borrowed or shared one, now I'll have my own! I'm sure I'll be posting more WIP's and photos here!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Odds 'N Ends

1. Have you seen SwapDex? It's for the most swap-addicted individuals (such as me). Now I've got it on Bloglines... I'm starting to wonder just how GREAT SwapDex and Bloglines are... I smell trouble~ they are addicting!

2. I joined yet another swap. (Caused by #1 above) I keep validating joining new swaps because they are all at different times, there isn't much overlap except for SP11 spanning over the next few months. (::Waves:: to my SP11 pal!) Otherwise all of my other swaps are at different times. This one is the Christmas Around The World Knitter's Swap. I'm already getting excited about making most of my Christmas presents this year, and this swap is all about that!


3. PIF: Anyone else want to participate in my Pay it forward exchange? I've got two open spots for spoiling! (look one post down)

4. Contest! Stop on by Cass' blog and enter the contest that she is holding in honor of her #222 post! Mention my blog when you enter, and if I win I'll have to reward you for your help!

5. KVV: I'm finishing up my Knitter's Virtual Vacation Package... I'll be sending it soon! (Hey to my spoiler FiberWho! (I'll try to e-mail you soon, if you haven't mailed my package yet I can give you an updated address. I'll have my mail forwarded and I'm not moving far from my old apartment, but it may reach me faster!))

6. DRT: Also, I'm continuing to stalk my mailbox. I'm the next leg in team Running Ragged's DRT race :) Keep up the good work guys!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

PIF

I found this great little swap on Alaina's blog. She's a fellow Team Running Ragged DRT team member! The package is heading to PA and then it's on to me! I better start stalking my mailbox! Anyway, back to PIF: It's based on this gorgeous movie with Helen Hunt in it called 'Pay It Forward'. With all of the things happening to me these days, I thought it was exactly what I needed, something entirely positive.

How many of you out there have had a chance to watch it? O.K. If you're yet to see the movie, this is what the PIF Exchange is all about......

(Copied from Alaina's blog, which was copied from Jodie's blog which was copied from.....you get the picture) "Here is how it works! I'll send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange! I don't know what that gift will be yet, and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week...LOL... but you will receive it within 365 days, that's a promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog..."

So the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog, I can't wait to see who you are! I have some great treats in store for you all, just you wait and see!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

SP11 Questionnaire

I hope I don't bore everyone else too much, but this one is for my SP. (Feel free to ask any other questions you may have)

Here's my Questionnaire for
SP11:

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? I don't have a favorite yet. I like soft yarn and I like wooly yarn. It depends what I'm making. I do not like 100% acrylic yarn, but I have no problem with a mixed yarn, and it has it's place. I do not like fun fur or eyelash yarn.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? Currently, nothing special. I made a friend the needle organizer from Stitch 'N Bitch for last Christmas and purchased the fabric to make one for myself also, but I haven't done it yet. (Waiting to borrow a friends machine so I don't have to sew by hand this time) I am interested in making something for my circulars, (maybe the S N' B holder) I have started to acquire more and I want to find a way to store them.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I have been knitting for about 2 years. See THIS post. I guess I am past beginner, and somewhere in intermediate. I have done some work with increases/decreases, K2TOG, some cables, YO's. I always like when I pick a new pattern and it has a few new skills for me to pick up along the way.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? Yes, amazon. It's newly linked on my sidebar

5. What's your favorite scent? I LOVE lavender. It's sooo relaxing. I also love the smell of fresh roses.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? Yes. I like most sweets. I dislike really dark chocolate (over 70%)

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? I do not spin. I have started doing some small sewing projects. I don't mind sewing by hand but I feel that if I buy myself a little machine I'll be sewing a LOT more. I have a lot of ideas. (tote bags, needle organizers, etc.)

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) I have a love for most music. I love country, top 20, jazz (esp. miles davis), most everything except really heavy metal. I can listen to MP3's in my car.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand? I love yellow and blue. I'm also a pink fan. I have something against purple. I still end up wearing it a lot and sometimes I find myself persuaded to use it or buy clothes that are purple.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? I just (this weekend) became single. For the past two years, I lived with my boyfriend and dog. (Moving soon... more details later... still processing.) I also have a horse named Dee. She lives 10 minute away. I may have my Collie live with me, depends where I move (she is currently living with my parents.) Don't think I'll live sans-dog for very long. Sans-boyfriend is another story. haha

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? I wear scarves and mittens ALL the time. I wear baseball hats a lot and wool hats or headbands in the winter. I don't have a poncho, but I have considered making myself one.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? I can't say I have a favorite, I have enjoyed each project. I enjoy washcloths, mittens, and scarves. I have a few bags on my to-do list.

13. What are you knitting right now? The Wisp from Knitty.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? YES!

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? I think each type has it's place. I have a fair amount of bamboo straights in my collection and lately I have been adding both aluminum and plastic circulars to my collection. I am preferring circular over straight these days when I have the option. (Much more portable and easier on my carpal tunnel) I've got my eyes on Knitpicks circulars. I'm using circulars more and more.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? No, I have been eyeing yarn winders lately.

17. How old is your oldest UFO? A baby blanket that I started making squares for right when I started knitting. I was ambitious with such a large first project and I sort of got too many other project ideas to keep plugging along on it.

18. What is your favorite holiday? It would have to be Christmas. I love finding/making just the right gift for someone.

19. Is there anything that you collect? Yes, I have a fair amount of books ranging from horseback riding/instruction to cooking/baking to animal rights to various "fun" novels and of course Knitting books. I collect Miles Davis books and music. (I became obsessed with him and Jazz when I played flute and trumpet and sang during high school.) I also collect the little shell "animals" that touristy shops sell everywhere. I have probablly 6 different ones from my travels. It's sort of an "incidental" collection, I can't stop myself from buying them when I see new animals. I'll have to get a pic of them. I also have a collection of "Trail of Painted Ponies." (handpainted horse statues, I linked in case you are curious)

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? I recently bought several knitting books (can we say retail therapy?) :) Of course I still have my eye on several others. I keep eyeing No Sheep For You. I want to make The Bag. I am trying to decide which magazine to get. I keep swapping between Knit.1 and Knitscene. As far as patterns that I would like, they are in my sidebar (along with the free patterns that I want to knit.) I noted if I have them or need them.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? Yes, nothing in particular. I just really enjoy learning. Off the top of my head: Learning long tail cast on's.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? No, maybe some day! In general I am a size 8 but I have a HIGH instep (thanks mom). If I knew what to measure, I would. Feel free to tell me how.

23. When is your birthday? June 3rd

24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID? No... still waiting!
  • You signed up on June 29, 2007
  • You are #11595 on the list.
  • 3508 people are ahead of you in line.
  • 11910 people are behind you in line.
  • 33% of the list has been invited so far

Sunday, August 5, 2007

We don't knit for Crack-Ho's...


The Yarn Harlot was AWESOME on Thursday! If you missed the talk (which sadly most of the people I had looked forward to meeting there had circumstances beyond their control change their plans last minute) the title to this post will not make sense. Let me try to bring you to date. Stephanie was even more hilarious in person. We had quite a rowdy crowd including panties flying out of the group (how could you expect less from Mass?) Not only did I get to extend my book collection and get my book signed while meeting Stephanie (signed knitting retail therapy = +3) but I got to spend time with Moriah AND we knit with tons of cool people before/during/after Stephanie's talk on my Wisp. We found ourselves some seats and started knitting before the talk and Jess asked if she and Casey could sit with us. Buttons you ask? Yeah we got em. ;) Yup, Ravelry's creators are as cool in person as they seem online. After her talk there was a question asked to Stephanie and a bit was said from the crowd about giving some knitting as an offering to make peace. Stephanie may have been heard saying that she didn't want to knit for people who would not appreciate such hand knitted items. (AKA Crack-Ho's) haha That definitely was a priceless moment of the night. (Right up there with seeing mounds of panties in front of Stephanie in heaps on the floor.) I REALLY need to get myself a digital camera. I never found the need to own my own, my friends always bring their cameras everywhere, but this time I didn't bring one and neither did Moriah. More retail therapy in the future? Most likely!

Bloglines ROCKS! I spent some time setting mine up today, but I know it will save me much more in time in the future. I added a button on my sidebar, go ahead and add me to your feeds, I'll add you to mine! (Just drop me a comment)

Also for the horsie lovers among us, I had another Dressage show this weekend. Dee and I had a not so good first test and then we had a really good second test and ended up winning the class. We also improved our second tests score from the other two shows that we have competed in this season. Going from last to first place was a nice surprise!